I went out for a run yesterday without my Garmin or music, and it gave me time to enjoy my run, hear the sounds, and feel the pavement underneath my feet. My mind wandered all kinds of places (one thought that I promise never to live out was writing an entire post likening my run to the Oregon Trail game…), but it also allowed me to feel things I sometimes ignore; I paid more attention to my hips and feet, and I realized that I was getting little jolts of pain in my feet that weren’t normal. My hip had started bugging me two nights prior, and suddenly on my run last night, it clicked! I need new shoes!
And though I just bought new shoes at the beginning of October, I was at around 350 miles on this pair. Most shoes last 300-450 miles, but when I started feeling these things I wanted to change it up to play it safe. So I immediately added to my agenda for Friday: buy new shoes.
But before I could go get my new shoes, I stood in line for Tim for the Jordan 11’s that were re-released today. See, he collected Jordan’s when he was growing up, and apparently there’s something special about this pair. Off to Finish Line I went. I was surprised I got any after hearing stories, but I did! Tim is excited, and I’m enjoying that I was able to do this for him.
Not my taste, but it’s fun that he was able to get something he wanted so much!
Then it was my turn! I headed off to Fit2Run knowing that I’d just buy another pair of Asics GT-2000. I loved my purple ones (and will continue rotating them for a bit) and have already built up calluses for them. I decided to change up the color this time and went with the dark grey with blue and pink.
Then I added a few more things to my arms that were of course necessary. I needed an earwarmer in case it’s cold for the marathon (which it usually is), the skirt was on sale, the socks were on a buy a certain amount get one free, and I needed to restock nuun. I also wanted to try recoverite and bought some endurolytes since I’d tried them before and heard from others that they’re useful.
So I had a mini shopping spree, but it really was all needed stuff for the most part. Running socks run off into dryerland just as much as regular socks!
I already got to break in the skirt, shoes, and insoles. And I have to tell you that, whether imagined or not, I felt a difference! My hip felt better and I didn’t have the little pains in my feet. I also decided that if I were rich I’d probably buy a new pair of running shoes every few weeks to get that “new shoe” feeling! Do you feel the difference when you get new shoes too?
I liked the skirt too, though the shorts rode up a little. I need to demonstrate my running for someone and make sure the skirt was staying put in the front. I hate when shorts ride up in the middle. I have twenty miles in the morning, so I won’t wear the skirt for that to be safe. But I’ll put it into my rotation for weekday runs! And speaking of twenty, after tomorrow, I’ll be on taper!! Woohoo! The marathon is coming!
Do you run in a skirt?
How often do you change your running shoes?
What should I expect for marathon taper? I’ve heard things that make me think I won’t enjoy it…